White announced on Twitter his retirement from the NFL on Friday.
White spent this past season out of football following his release from the Falcons last March. A first-round pick out of UAB in 2005, White played all 11 of his NFL seasons for the Falcons, becoming the franchise's leader in nearly every receiving category along the way. In total, White accumulated 808 catches, 10,863 receiving yards and 63 touchdowns, getting named to four Pro Bowls in the process. With his playing days over, the 35-year-old will now reportedly join the coaching staff of an Atlanta-area high school football team.
White wants to keep playing and has been in contact with a few teams, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Released by the Falcons in March, the 34-year-old wideout said he will only sign with a team he considers to be a Super Bowl contender. Coming off a season in which he caught just 43 passes for 506 yards and one touchdown on 70 targets (7.2 YPT), White may have to settle for a shot to compete for a roster spot and depth role. It's unclear if he'd be willing to play under those circumstances, as he expressed frustration with his decreasing role in Atlanta last year.
White professed he will only sign with a Super Bowl contender, per The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
White claims several teams have reached out to him since his dismissal from Atlanta, but he will only sign with a team he believes can contend for a championship. Or else, he'll retire. The wideout patiently vowed: "I'll let it go into the season, maybe Week 4 of 5. If it doesn't happen, I'll be putting my cleats on a power line, just like Marshawn Lynch." White then detailed that his list of qualifying suitors only stretches as far as "maybe six teams", but failed to mention any organization in specific. However, at 34 years of age, it's fair to wonder whether he has anything left in the tank. White didn't appear completely gassed in his final campaign as a Falcon, but, comparatively, Andre Johnson (also 34 years old) logged 85 catches for 936 yards during his last hurrah in Houston before latching on with Indianapolis for a season that proved to be a forgettable stint in Johnson's illustrious career.
Falcons head coach Dan Quinn has speculated that White could reunite with former Atlanta offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter in Tampa, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Tribune reports.
The 34-year-old receiver, released last Wednesday by the Falcons, has extensive history with two principals of the Bucs' 2016 coaching staff. Head coach Dirk Koetter was White's offensive coordinator in Atlanta from 2012-14, three seasons over which the veteran wideout averaged 78 catches for 994 yards and six touchdowns. He also played under new Bucs defensive coordinator Mike Smith during Smith's Falcons head coaching stint from 2008-2014. "Any time you go through the process, you have to expect that, knowing somebody's history with a certain player," Quinn commented after White's release. "I wouldn't be surprised if Roddy ends up on another club just south on I-75". While Tampa's wide receiver depth chart is well-stocked heading into next season, White's familiarity with Koetter's system could conceivably earn him a training camp opportunity if he hasn't latched on to any other roster by that point.
The Falcons have released White.
Per ESPN.com, the release of White saves the Falcons $2,362,500 against their salary cap in 2016, but the departure of the 34-year-old wideout leaves a large void in the team's pass-catching corps. The 2005 first-rounder, who caught 43 passes for 506 yards and a TD in 2015, will thus look to catch on elsewhere, with White's 2016 fantasy prospects difficult to peg until his landing spot/role with his new team gain a degree of clarity.
White said he expects to remain with the Falcons, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
White wasn't happy with his role in 2015, as he averaged just 4.4 targets per game under new offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, Nonetheless, White also made it clear that he wants to return and expects to do so, even saying he'd "bet every dollar he had" that he'll stick with the Falcons. He did seem to acknowledge that the aforementioned quote was more about wishful thinking than reality, but it's still quite clear that he'd prefer to stay with the only NFL team he's ever known. The problem is that Atlanta can save $4.5 million against the 2016 cap by releasing White, who may not be too keen to accept a pay cut. It thus remains unclear if he'll stay in Atlanta, but regardless, it doesn't sound as if he's contemplating retirement
White caught one ball for 10 yards in the season finale against the Saints.
White caught 43 balls for 506 yards and a touchdown in 2015, by far his worst statistical season in years. He was held under 50 catches for the first time since 2006, and he's not getting any younger. White is still under contract for two more years, but Justin Hardy could push him for more playing time in 2016. White's best days are behind him, but if he can stay healthy and the offense gets another year under their belt with Kyle Shanahan, it wouldn't be surprising to see White build on a disappointing year in 2016.
White (ankle) is listed as active Sunday versus the Saints.
White has rankled owners all season, scoring just one touchdown and otherwise topping out at 84 receiving yards in Week 1. However, he could make amends against a New Orleans defense that has conceded 12.0 YPC but 12 scores through the air to opposing wideouts over the last five games.
White (ankle) is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Saints.
White logged a full practice Friday, setting him up for usual role in the regular-season finale. Despite catching at least three passes in six consecutive games, he still hasn't reached 70 receiving yards since Week 1.
White (ankle) was limited in Thursday's practice, Kelsey Conway of the Falcons' official site reports.
Following a DNP on Wednesday, White tested out his ankle in individual drills Thursday, but the final practice report of the week will announce his status for Sunday's game against the Saints.
White (ankle) didn't practice Wednesday, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
White's Week 1 line still stands as the high-water mark of the season -- four catches for 84 yards on eight targets -- but the veteran has fared reasonably well over the last five games, totaling 21 receptions (on 27 targets) for 242 yards. Ankle injuries have been a recurring theme of the past three seasons, but his progress (or lack thereof) as the week continues will forecast whether he's trending toward an appearance in Week 17.
White snatched five passes off of six targets for 67 yards in Sunday's win over the Panthers.
White's 67 yards represented his highest total since Week 1. The veteran receiver has been targeted at least five times in four of the last six games, after seeing that many targets just once in the first nine games of the year. A favorable matchup against a dismal Saints defense comes up next, but it's still hard to imagine White having a huge game. White has scored just once all season, in the Falcons' Week 6 win over the Saints, and Atlanta receivers have hauled in just 11 touchdowns combined in the nine games since.
White caught three of four targets for 47 yards in Sunday's win over Jacksonville.
From Week 2 through Week 10, White failed to snag three catches in six of eight games. The veteran receiver has recorded three or more catches in every game since. The modest benchmark shows how far White, who caught 80 passes last year, has fallen. Though he has righted the ship to an extent, the Falcons overall offensive struggles and White's eight-game scoreless streak make him an unwise start.
White secured four of his five targets for 35 yards in Sunday's 38-0 loss to the Panthers.
White has now totaled beween eight and 35 yards receiving in eight of his last ten games, with a pair of modest 48-and-60-yard efforts over that span serving as the only exceptions. The once-explosive veteran routinely struggles to gain meaningful separation on his routes, and has yet to receive double-digit targets in any game this season. Third receiver Justin Hardy notably received more looks (seven) than White Sunday, and rookie Nick Williams was only one behind him with four. White and the Falcons face off against the Jaguars in a Week 15 road tilt.
White caught three passes off of four targets for 33 yards in Sunday's loss to Tampa Bay.
After piecing together his best two-game stretch of the season, tallying 10 catches off of 17 targets in Weeks 11 and 12, White returned to the more modest production he has shown for much of the season. Even during his season-best pair of games, White was unable to create many big plays, totaling just 84 yards. White has not topped 60 yards receiving in a game since Week 1 and has just one touchdown this season. Even with the injury to fellow receiver Leonard Hankerson, White is not a reliable fantasy starter.
White's involvement in the Falcons' offense could increase going forward, as fellow wide receiver Leonard Hankerson (hamstring) was placed on injured reserve Friday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
White and Hankerson's respective totals to this point in the season are eerily similar, but with the latter now sidelined for the rest of the campaign, the veteran White has a great chance to improve on his 27 receptions (on 47 targets) for 314 yards and a touchdown. Along with Hankerson being placed on IR, Devin Hester was promoted to the Falcons' active roster Friday. While Hester is another option at wideout, rookie Justin Hardy could also emerge as a deep threat. Nonetheless, White appears slated to become a more important figure in Atlanta's offense to close this season.
White caught six of eight targets for 60 yards in Sunday's loss to the Vikings.
The veteran led the team in targets and catches on the day and finished second in receiving yardage. White also set a new season-high in receptions in this outing and registered his second highest yardage output. He remains a risky weekly option due to his supporting role among a deep group of Falcons skill players, and this will remain the case for next week's road matchup with the Buccaneers.
White caught four balls for 24 yards in Sunday's loss to the Colts.
Although White was rather ineffective, he did see nine targets, which marks a season high for the aging veteran. The targets are nice, but it's production that counts, and White hasn't tallied more than 50 yards receiving in a game since Week 1.
White caught one pass off of two targets for 20 yards in Sunday's loss to San Francisco.
After his four-catch performance in Week 1 during which he tallied 84 yards, White has averaged fewer than two catches and 18 yards per game. He has failed to top three catches, four targets or 48 yards in any of the past eight contests. It appears that he's been phased out of a prominent role in Atlanta's offense and should be left in the free-agency pool.
White caught two passes off of three targets for 24 yards in Sunday's loss to Tampa Bay.
White has failed to top three catches or 48 yards since Week 1. The former go-to target in Atlanta now find himself behind Julio Jones, Devonta Freeman, Leonard Hankerson and Jacob Tamme in catches, targets and receiving yards on the season. With just a single score, White isn't producing at a high enough level to warrant fantasy consideration in most leagues.